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Politicians & Palestinians Address Police Use Of Tear Gas Against Ferguson Protesters

(AllHipHop News) The situation is Ferguson, Missouri has begun to resemble images seen in on the streets of a war-torn country. Police, suited in riot gear, sprayed tear gas and fired smoke bombs and rubber bullets at groups protesting the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. According to reports, some in the crowd began throwing Molotov cocktails at the officers.

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There have also been reports that journalists are being arrested at the scene. News spread via social media that St. Louis alderman Antonio French was also taken into custody. Using his Twitter feed, French was one of the most active reporters of what was taking place in Ferguson. His regular video posts and updates provided vital first hand accounts on the ground.

County Police Chief Jon Belmar is quoted saying he felt his officers have shown incredible restraint. He claims patrol vehicles have been destroyed and police have faced rocks, bottles, and gunfire.

“It’s pretty amazing how impressed I am and inspired by these officers,” said Belmar. “This is a very difficult circumstance.”

Missouri governor Jay Nixon released a statement about the situation in Ferguson. It read:

The worsening situation in Ferguson is deeply troubling, and does not represent who we are as Missourians or as Americans. While we all respect the solemn responsibility of our law enforcement officers to protect the public, we must also safeguard the rights of Missourians to peaceably assemble and the rights of the press to report on matters of public concern.

I have been closely monitoring the situation and will continue to be in communication with local leaders, and I will be in north St. Louis County tomorrow. As Governor, I am committed to ensuring the pain of last weekend’s tragedy does not continue to be compounded by this ongoing crisis. Once again, I ask that members of the community demonstrate patience and calm while the investigation continues, and I urge law enforcement agencies to keep the peace and respect the rights of residents and the press during this difficult time.

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The issues plaguing Ferguson have even reached overseas. Palestinian activists began posting suggestions to Twitter on how protesters can deal with tear gas.

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Individuals closer to the area are voicing their concern for the police treatment as well. Missouri state senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal said she was even hit with gas as she protested on behalf of justice for Brown’s killing.

“I just want to know if I’m going to be gassed again, like I was on Monday night?” Chapelle-Nadal asked Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson during a press conference. “And I was peaceful. And I’m your state senator.”

Jackson replied, “I hope not.”

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  • Saiyan Prince

    I’m surprised at the restraint of the citizens. For far too long these types of events have been taking place. But what’s a brother to do? If I shoot them, I’m brainless, but if they shoot me then I’m famous. Weapons and wealth win wars. It’s hard for the common man to stand against the machine for too long.

  • The Legendary Troll

    Before we find world peace, we gotta find peace and end the war in the streets – tupac

  • Ionithus

    And yet you have folks who say there’s no such thing as conspiracies……. Like people don’t get locked up for “conspiracies”. I said it once and I’ll say it again, The way this country treats the black community is the biggest provable conspiracy ever and the people who don’t believe it are really the ones with the tin foil hats.

    • Ipullcards

      Facts bro. But allow me to give you this advice. Try not to get too worked up over ppl on here. 9/10 they don’t know their head from their as$es.. We have a huge moral responsibility as minorities to fight injustice. But these clowns on here don’t quite no how to digest the topic of racism. half the time theyre the biggest bigots. This is the wrong forum to discuss a topic like this. Too much scattered ignorance on here! Peace!

      • Ionithus

        Hotep bruh. Yeah, I overstand what you’re saying…especially on here. I definitely don’t get worked up. But it’s sickening how the minds of some of these kneegrows work. We’re told “This is a post racial America”. That phrase is a conspiracy itself. How? People conspired with each other to put out that b.s. and folks bought it. It doesn’t need to be labelled “conspiracy”. It is what it is. Same thing with “race card”, “reverse racism” etc. It disgusts the hell out of me when it comes to our state of mind nowadays.

  • MadRespect06

    The world is watching….Palestine ridin for Ferguson. We know if anybody knows oppression its the Palestinians. #Madelove #wakeup #unite #endwar

  • TheAkademik

    I wish I was in Ferguson and Gaza right now…..That rebellious spirit is contagious….NY need to riot for Eric Garner!

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  • Markus

    Is this how the race war that many in the past have teased starts? That picture doesn’t look like that’s America. Sad.

  • Police chief and mayor should be relieved of their power……they are handling this situation as if it doesn’t matter the investigation is coming upon a week, still no officers name and he fled the scene….wtf? That’s Ferguson tho the most racist police force in the nation, stats speak for themselves….I used to walk those streets so I know.

    • Immortal

      Good news bruh….the Fergerson PD are being relieved by the GOV and he’s asking for the FBI to move in. It was mentioned he believes that there would be no justice served with the current PD and DA they have now. He must’ve just gotten done watching Mississippi burning and said ohhh hells naw. A small step forward is better than seven backwards.

  • The_Good_Life

    I wouldn’t openly take advice from Palestinians at this time. Not because I got something against them, but because the government will use it as an occasion to claim that terrorist have infiltrated the protest. Then, as we all know, all hell would break loose on the African American community. I can see it now (the black community has become radicalized.. We have to take immediate action). Or maybe that’s paranoia due to the excessive weed smoke from my early years…

    • john l.

      It makes more sense to take Palestinian advice than that of our own (or any) government.

  • 5% Hov

    Free Gza

    Wutang.

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  • john l.

    When police make the public the “enemy” as the are doing, ultimately the public will have to, in self defense, see police as THEIR enemy, and cops will logically become fair game.